Posts Tagged 'korean weather'

The Human Popsicle

Oh my god. That was the coldest I’ve ever been in my life, I think.

I drove my motorcycle to school in this:

snowday-2

(that’s actually yesterday’s snow, but today was the same, possibly even harder) 

My WWII German parka got its trial-by-fire, and by the time I got to school, the formerly gray parka was completely white in front. Snow was plastered to my entire front, and I had to wipe off the front of my facemask every 5 seconds. I wish I had a photo, I must have looked hilarious.

In my defense, it wasn’t snowing until about 5 minutes into my 20 minute drive, so I had no idea.  I would not normally drive a bike in conditions like that.

Even wearing two pair of dense wool socks as gloves while I was driving, my fingertips still hurt, after 10 minutes in a heated room.

Here’s a video of the snow.  It’s choppy, but you’ll get a basic idea:

A little chilly…

For for those of you unaware, Korea is actually rather cold.  It is also very hot in the summer, but the winters here range from cold to bitterly cold.  The warmest uniforms the US Army has ever produced are those that they made for the Korean War, including a fur-lined parka (which you can see a friend of mine modeling at a Korean War demonstration at a museum if you click here), which should tell you something.  Korea gets wind that sweeps down from the steppes of Siberia, and it is a very dry, harsh cold.  It has been getting progressively colder here, but mid-last week we had another wind storm (which usually foretell a temperature shift) and it has not gotten above about 60F (15C) here since, and most days are around 55F (12C), with a low around 40F (.  Jindo is one of the warmest areas of Korea (I think Jeju island beats us, but that’s about it), but it is still quite cold.  It doesn’t help that Jindo is, well, an island, and as such the air is quite damp, which makes it feel colder.

Seeing as that I ride what I have nicknamed a “scootercycle” to my schools, I have to wear even more layers than normal, on my way to school.  But, even for just wandering around town, I still bundle up quite a bit.  For anyone curious, here’s what I wear on an average evening, these days:

On top I am wearing a long-sleeved shirt, a sweatshirt, a twill jacket, and a quilted vest. I really need to get some gloves soon.


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